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Sour Cream Cookies

My Mom's AMAZING Sour Cream Cookies

I get requests from friends and neighbors for my recipe for “those delicious soft sugar cookies”, aka, My Mom’s AMAZING Sour Cream Cookies. I have probably made thousands of them over the years! It is one of those recipes that never fails to delight.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Jillee's Mom


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the shortening and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Add the sour cream and vanilla and blend together until creamy.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients (I add it 1/3 at a time) mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed.
  7. Divide the dough into two portions. Roll out one section at a time. It’s easier to work with a smaller piece.
  8. Roll out with plenty of flour on your board to avoid sticking issues. But don’t work the dough TOO much or it will get tough. Also make sure to flour your ROLLING PIN and COOKIE CUTTERS as well.
  9. Once you have cut out as many shapes as will fit, scoop them off the board with a spatula and transfer to a cookie sheet. It helps if you nudge a little bit of flour under the cookie as you lift it off the board.
  10. Bake the cookies for between 10 and 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting.
Nutrition Facts
My Mom's AMAZING Sour Cream Cookies
Amount Per Serving (24 cookies)
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.